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• I am grateful for this opportunity to learn more about my capabilities. • I thank the universe for showing me this situation so I can be more compassionate toward others. • I appreciate all the beautiful parts of my body because I am a won- drous creation. • I welcome this challenge in my life. I’m thankful I inspire others who are experiencing the same difficulties. • Because of my family, I am thankful to be even stronger than yesterday. • I receive all life’s goodness with an open heart. I rejoice in my bless- ings! • My problems allow me to culti- vate wisdom. I am a wise soul!

Practicing gratitude puts you in the Super Bowl of big picture thinking. You are not thanking the universe

helped a friend or employee and were overwhelmed with thanks. Did it make you want to give more? Although at a sub-atomic level, positively and negatively charged particles are attracted to particles with the opposite energy (and repelled by particles with the same energy), this is not a good model for our behavior and attitudes. The theory of the electromagnetic force does not account for the state of the heart. The truth is that Like Attracts Like, which is the Law of Attraction. Put it to work!

If you want to be a person who is loved, continue to give unselfishly and thank others for all they do. The same is true with the universe. Life provides exactly what we con- tinue to acknowledge. You’ve got to learn to love life and be in love with life at an intimate level. Anytime

want to be a person who is loved, continue to give and thank others for all they do. The same is true with verse. Life provides exactly what we continue to ge. You’ve got to learn to love life and be in love with life at an intimate level.”

for providing bad circumstances, however; according to the Law of Attraction, this only generates more bad happenings. Instead, you are flourishing in a state of complete appreciation for what life has to of- fer, in all its wonder and complexity.

Don’t you always feel more inclined to give more to someone when they are enthusiastic and apprecia- tive? Consider the times you have

4. Use the Law of Attraction.

you acknowledge life as good, you are entering a state of gratitude. Be thankful you have an opportunity to challenge yourself.

Practice gratitude! Write thanks to yourself and to others on a regular basis. Wherever you go, show up with a compliment. Visit your family and bring something positive in the form of affection or caring. Tell your friends how much you appreci-

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ate their sense of humor or their graciousness and never assume they don’t need to be thanked. Write thank-you notes for dinners, gifts, and prospects you receive from all the people in your life— your family, your partner, your chil- dren, and your business colleagues. Quit procrastinating and learn to get the words out. Once you learn how to practice gratitude, you will be amazed at the ways that energy comes back to you. Living in a continual state of gratitude for being alive and well and having a chance to improve the lives of others through your words and actions turns negative situations around very quickly. When you express gratitude in your words and actions, you’ll be among the most beloved people on this planet, and your worrying will fall away. Without a thankful approach to life, we do not have as great an opportunity to explore the limits of our patience and our capabilities as loving individuals have.

Copyright © 2010 by The Goddess Network, Inc., and Charlene M. Proctor, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

Rev. Dr. Charlene M. Proctor is the best-selling author of Let Your God- dess Grow! and The Women’s Book of Empowerment. A Blessing facilitator and a Minister of Spiritual Peacemak- ing, she is dedicated to helping awaken individuals from all walks of life to the magnificence of their own Divine gifts.

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